Nico & Vali Italian Eatery is located on Wing Street in downtown Plymouth. Owners Paul and Silvia DePalma, have done a fantastic job designing their building with both indoor and outdoor seating. They offer a wide variety of food including freshly prepared items for dining it or taking out. The menu offers traditional Italian dishes made fresh, using authentic Italian cooking methods.
Open for breakfast lunch and dinner 7 days a week (9AM – 3PM on Sunday), Nico & Vali serve a first-rate Italian breakfast highlighted by the panzerotti (served with fresh fruit) and a strawberry mascarpone crepe. Other menu items include the breakfast Panini, 3 different Frittatas ( all include hash browns and toast).
For lunch and dinner you will find a variety of items starting with numerous deli sandwiches like their Ruben and corned beef sandwiches to the burgers and 15 different Panini options. You can also get pizza by the slice for $1.95 or an entire pan for $9.95. The menu also offers you the option to try some of the traditional family entrees like the Butternut Squash Ravioli, Veal or Chicken Parmiggiana and Gnocchi. All of the entrees include the homemade bread and choice of soup or Caesar or Garden Salad.
For those who don’t have time to cook at home you can always order from their selection of “Gourmet-To-Go” entrees that include U-Bake pizzas, beverages, and pre-cooked gourmet entrees ready to be heated. Favorite items such as their Meat and Vegetable Lasagne are always available, other entrees are available to select from but change daily so you may want to call ahead to see what is available.
When weather permits on Thursday and Friday nights, the outside patio has live entertainment.
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I was talking to a friend the other day and we were discussing what Detroit Restaurants and bars had the best burgers. For most, it is very easy. For others like me it is very difficult to name just one place who has the Best Hamburger in Detroit. I personally have different favorites for the different type of hamburger I may want and where I might be on a given day. I think the only thing my favorite hamburgers in Detroit have in common are cheese and bacon. This list will be added to and revised as I visit more Detroit Restaurants and bars. So here is my list of 5 hamburgers in Detroit that don’t suck.
Sandy’s by the Beech is a long time Redford staple and the burgers are so fresh and juicy. When I am here I like to order the Bacon Cheeseburger with Cheddar, what you add to it after that is completely up to you. 1/2 lb burger with fries $7.95.
Eclipse Hamburgers located in Sterling Heights is a nice burger joint. Here I order my burger with Bacon and White Cheddar. Again, whatever you do to your burger after that is up to you, given the numerous toppings from which they have to choose. They 1/2 lb burger, fries and drink for $8.99 and they do deliver.
Jay’s Stuffed Hamburgers in Downtown Plymouth is a fast favorite of mine. I love how they stuff the cheese and toppings inside the burger (hence the name). Here I like to get the All American which is stuffed with Cheddar Cheese (other options are available) served on a toasted Brioche bun.
When I am in the Royal Oak/ Clawson area I like to stop in at Tavern on the Main. Here the Tavern on the Main Burger is my selection, a 1/2 lb burger, bacon and Swiss cheese on a Brioche bun always hits the spot.
Shelby Pub & Grill in Shelby Township is an East Side favorite for me. Here I like to get The Works Burger, 1/2 lb burger, with bacon, mushrooms, onions, Swiss and American cheese on a Brioche bun. I also like to upgrade to the Waffle Fries.
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Downtown Main Martini Bar & Grille located in Downtown Brighton offers an award winning menu and service to match. You can satisfy your drink desires with more than 100 different martinis, over 200 different kinds of liquors and over 100 beers, and a wine list that offers more than 55 wines. The bar is unique and very cool with the way it lights up and the atmosphere is very inviting and relaxing. They also offer outdoor seating weather permitting. The Downtown Main Martini Bar & Grille’s dedicated and knowledgeable staff and takes pride in offering every guest a night worth telling everyone about.
The Tapas Menu has dishes like the Portabella Sliders, Pear Pizza (which is topped with mozzarella and crumbled bleu cheese, diced pears, walnuts, bacon) and Pulled Pork Sliders. You can also make any of the Tapas items an entree and get a basket of the fresh baked bread and soup or salad for $4.00. There are also healthy and Gluten Free items available on the Tapas Menu as well.
On the Entree Menu, Chef Joe offers everything from sandwiches and salads to some of the best entrees you can find in any Detroit Restaurant. The Scallops Toscana are a big hit (Pan-seared scallops served with fettuccini pasta sautéed with sweet bell peppers, baby spinach, and garlic in a light vin blanc sauce) so is the Lobster Mac and Cheese, my favorite is the 12 ounce Veal Porterhouse. There are many great items to select on the Entree menu, but leave room for dessert.
After dinner Downtown Main is one of Detroit’s premiere places to hang out. There are many different events such as: ladies night, live entertainment, wine tastings, happy hour and weekly food specials.
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I always find that lunch is never long enough to get a good meal and have the time to enjoy it. So I decided to put together a list of 5 places around Metro Detroit that serve up a fast and good lunch. Of course they also have good lunch specials as well.
Sahara Restaurant in Warren and St. Clair Shores – Sahara Restaurant in Warren has only been open for a few months now but they are making a good impression in the Warren area, while the St. Clair Shores location has been open for decades. The service is good and the food comes out fast – the Lunch Special is from 11AM – 2PM. Every day you get any sandwich + 1/2 salad or cup of soup and a soft drink for $7.99 (fattoush, tabbouleh and Sahara salad are upgraded for a dollar extra as a salad.)
G.Subu’s Leather Bottle is located on Middlebelt Road in Livonia south of Eight Mile Road. A longtime staple in Livonia, G. Subu’s Leather Bottle serves a quick and hearty lunch special. Monday through Friday from 11AM – 3PM you can get a half sandwich with side salad or a cup of Soup Du Jour only 6.99. Choose one of the following: Roast Turkey, Dearborn Sausage Ham, Tuna, BLT, or Marinated Chicken.
E.G. Nick’s in Downtown Plymouth – The nice thing about E.G. Nick’s in Plymouth is the parking right behind the restaurant. This makes it easy to get in and out of the Downtown area quickly. Get their $1.95 Prime Rib Sliders every Monday for lunch. You WON’T be disappointed!
American Coney Island in Downtown Detroit has been around since 1917 and the food is still as good as ever. Although they don’t have a lunch special per say you can get a Coney, Fries and Pop for $5.90. The best part? You can be in and out in 15 minutes!
Eclipse Burgers in Sterling Heights offers up one of the best burgers in Macomb County. The service is great and the hamburger is fantastic. I would, however, call in my order ahead of time because they are quite busy during lunch. After you eat there you will see why. The special is every day from 10AM – 3PM where you get any burger or sandwich with fries and pop – $8.99.
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If you’re a beer lover, Great Baraboo Brewing Company in Clinton Twp. is a must visit. Here, great food is matched with great beers. Great Baraboo Brewing Company is Macomb County’s first Michigan Craft Beer Brewery.
Signature brews include Kings Peak Caraboo Wheat, Shark Tooth Bay Golden Ale, Hoppy Heartland Pale Ale, Snake Eye Canyon Red Ale and Boston Blackstone Porter, Great Baraboo offers mini-samplers for the indecisive, which provide five-ounce tastes of each flavor.
The food menu is filled with selections from burgers, fish and chips, salads to the T-bone steak and BBQ ribs. Regardless of the meal, lunch or dinner there are plenty of options for everyone.
The atmosphere is very relaxed, and on different nights there are different options as far as entertainment from Trivia, karaoke and Ladies Night where they give away a coach purse. Sports are always on the televisions that line the restaurant along with Keno.
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Mudgie’s Deli was founded in February 2008 in Corktown, when the owners of McNally’s decided to move their location. The restaurant’s manager, Greg Mudge, opted to stay in the Corktown location and start his own deli to cater to McNally’s existing patrons.
Greg named the sandwiches after “anyone who picked up a paintbrush” to help. All the food is house-made, including the Fudgie Mudgie dessert — a brownie baked to order in a waffle iron, topped with ice cream and Sanders hot fudge.
Mudgie’s Deli was nominated for “Best Deli” and “Best Soup” two years in a row by WDIV-TV through their “Click On Detroit” website, and won “Best Deli in Wayne County” in the Metro Times “Best of Detroit” in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Mudgie’s was also awarded “Best Sandwich” by Hour Detroit Magazine in 2012.
Owner, Greg Mudge says he uses as much locally grown and organic food as he can to help support the local farming community. You can obviously taste the difference in the fresh vegetables and meats used in the salads and sandwiches.
And for the Vegetarian, Mudgie’s Deli is Vegetarian firendly, they offer 4 veggie sandwiches on the menu – 2 vegetarian, 2 vegan and one of their two soups each day is either vegetarian or vegan.
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Da Francesco’s Italian Cuisine & Taverna is located in the heart of Shelby Township in Macomb County. Owned by the Belcastro family for over 15 years, the Belcastro family pride their success on their authentic dishes, friendly service and casual dining atmosphere.
The wait staff is very friendly and always make you feel at home when you visit the restaurant. Da Francesco’s offers a very relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. The perfect spot for a lunch with friends or co-workers or a nice romantic dinner.
Da Francesco’s menu offers a large variety of pastas, chicken, veal, seafood, and steak. Some of their specialty dishes are pasta Marinara, veal di bosco, homemade gnocci, and cannelloni. There is something for everyone on the menu. Don’t forget Wednesday is free cannelloni day.
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Emil’s Italian Restaurant emphasizes its family heritage and calls itself a family-friendly eatery. With the soft lighting and intimate booths, many also consider it a romantic destination for first dates or anniversaries. In business since 1921, Emil’s is the oldest restaurant in Lansing, and is still owned by the same family.
Emil’s is a warm and inviting restaurant, filled with patrons out for the traditional Italian-American fare Emil’s has been serving for generations. The dining room is lined on either side with booths, backs are high and it makes you feel like there’s no one else in the room and the extensive woodwork, stained glass and Tiffany lamps hanging from ceiling add to the ambience and charm of the restaurant.
You can go a number of different directions in regards to what to order. From the BBQ ribs, the pizza and of course the spaghetti (on special Monday – all you can eat for $5.95 and again on special Tuesday for $5.49). Other options include Italian sausage and peppers; shells stuffed with ricotta cheese, shrimp, and crab meat, eggplant primavera, and the lasagna (layers of spicy sausage, tangy sauce and silky ricotta).
Emil’s is a very popular spot for students, residents, and visitors to dine while in Lansing. There need not be a special occasion to visit Emil’s other than the fact you want a fantastic meal and maybe start a family tradition of your own.
Memphis is a city that takes great pride in its barbecue. They claim to have the best barbecue in the world and have become famous for it. But what exactly is Memphis-Style Barbecue?
Traditional Memphis barbecue is usually smoked pork served in one of two forms: ribs on a slab or pulled. Memphis is probably best known for its dry barbecue. Most frequently used on ribs, the dry style is highly flavorful and is less messy to eat than wet. In the dry process, the ribs are coated with a rub made from ingredients such as garlic, paprika, onions, cumin, and other spices. They are then cooked in a smoker until they are fall-off-the-bone tender. Typically, dry ribs are served with a sauce on the side.
Beale Street Smokehouse is named after the famed street in Memphis, Tenn. Beale Street Smokehouse is located on North Road in Fenton and serves Memphis-style barbecue, and that means the dry-rub or spices is key to their style. They use a mixture of 16 spices on their meat, then off to the smoker.
To accompany your ribs or pulled pork, Beale Street has sweet potato fries that are dusted with a sweet cinnamon maple powder. One of my favorite sides to go along with my barbecue is one of their 14 Michigan craft beers either on tap or in bottles.
When you are there, you can view upcoming blues bands they have scheduled to play at Beale Street Smokehouse on the chalkboard inside or you can view weekly on www.michiganflavor.com.
If you are looking for a little Memphis, you can find it at Beale Street Smokehouse. Memphis Smoked Barbeque, Michigan Craft Beers and live Blues.
I love this time of year, the weather is perfect for eating and drinking on patios at restaurants all over Detroit. Here is a list of a few that you may not know about. I love eating at restaurants in Detroit that offer outdoor dining.
E.G. Nick’s Plymouth – My favorite patios in Plymouth, unlike a lot of the outdoor dining in Plymouth. At E.G. Nick’s you won’t get a mouthful of exhaust with every bite.
Bar None Brighton – This out of the way Brighton restaurant has fantastic food and a nice patio where you can relax and enjoy a very well prepared meal.
Downtown Main Brighton– Right in the heart of Downtown Bright, here you can relax and enjoy music on the patio. The thing I like about here is, the patio is not close to the road and you can still enjoy the weather, music and of course a great martini.
The Hills Bar & Grille Rochester Hills – 3 different outdoor dining area at this Rochester Hills restaurant.
Pizzeria Biga – Southfield – Pizza outdoors, need I say more?
Salvatpore Scallopini – Southfield – With the recently re-done garden and patio area, a very nice place to grab some lunch or dinner.
Doc’s Sports Retreat – Livonia If you like sports and watching sports eating and drinking a few ice cold beverages outdoors this would be a good spot to try.
RJ’s American Grill – Farmington Hills This Farmington Hills restaurant has a very nice outdoor dining area well away from Northwestern Highway.
Tavern on the Main – Clawson – If there is a better restaurant in Clawson to eat outdoors I haven’t found it.
Ginopolis BBQ Smokehouse – Located at 12 Mile rd & Middlebelt, this Farmington Hills restaurant serves up some pretty good barbeque in a nice relaxed outdoor setting.